News & events ARC Adoption North East joins campaign calling for LGBT+ people to consider adoption as a route to ‘Build Your Family’ ARC Adoption North East joins campaign calling for LGBT+ people to consider adoption as a route to ‘Build Your Family’ LGBT+ people in the UK are urged to explore adoption and fostering as potential parenting routes in a campaign launching today (1 March). With 80,000 children in care in 2020 in England alone, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week brings together adoption agencies and LGBT+ possible applicants. The ‘Build Your Family’ campaign theme helps LGBT+ people view the adoption and fostering assessment process in easy stages. The campaign starts by showcasing LGBT+ parented adoptive and foster families. Director at ARC Adoption North East, Terry Fitzpatrick is delighted to be supporting New Family Social’s campaign and encourages anyone thinking about adoption to come forward, he said; “At ARC Adoption we welcome adopters this week and every week. There is an on-going and urgent need to find adoptive families for children who desperately need them. We are encouraging anyone who has ever thought about adoption to find out more about the adoption process and the outstanding support that is available to them at ARC Adoption North East. Some people assume that because of their sexuality they won’t be able to adopt, but that is simply not true, adoption can be a choice for people who want to become a parent. Terry adds, Children who come to adoption do so because their birth families are unable to care for them. Many of them have experienced neglect and trauma. All of these children need a loving, stable home. They also need support and love to help them overcome their difficult backgrounds, make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure. Being an adoptive parent can be challenging but it also brings great rewards and joy. If you think you might be able to give a vulnerable child a nurturing and loving home, please contact the team at ARC Adoption North East who would love to hear from you”. Tor Docherty, New Family Social chief executive said: “Record numbers of LGBT+ people now adopt or foster. The urgent need for more to do so hasn’t disappeared in the pandemic. The assessment process can still take place, despite lockdown and restrictions. If you’re LGBT+ it’s as good a time as any to find out how you can build your family through adoption or fostering. Since the campaign started in 2012, the number of same-sex couples adopting reached 1 in 6 in England in 2020, a record in both its proportion and total figure. In the same period 1 in 5 adoptions in Wales were to same-sex couples and 10 per cent of adopters in Northern Ireland were same-sex couples. Find out about the adoption process and the outstanding support available at ARC Adoption. ARC Adoption host online information events the first Thursday of every month.